Sunday, May 16, 2021

Yopping Update #46 - Socks, hats, beards and a gansey too


The early part of my week was all about finishing the socks for dh's birthday. (Shh.  It is tomorrow). 

Syncopation Socks with FishLipsKiss heel

By the time the socks were done I was already two clues behind on my Gnathan gnome KAL 
I finished clue one and two which turns out to be a cute cabled hat. 
 And the very next day - yesterday - clue three was released.  Thankfully it was a simple, non-cabled, beard.

After the beard was finished I was all set to start the sketching and plotting for my gansey body, but I ended up napping all afternoon instead.  Not sure what was going on there, but I feel much better today. 

I have finished my gansey up to the definition ridge, so later tonight I will start the pattern.  I have most of the pieces cut out and need to plot them on the large chart paper so I won't get totally mixed up. There will be stitch markers.  Lots of stitch markers!

I used an eighth century alphabent script to add my initials to the plain section of my gansey. I have placed them to be on the lower right back.  

secret initial alphabet m a b t

On Wednesday we received three parcels in the mail.  A Mother's Day/Dad's birthday parcel from our son, some printer ink and paper from an online order, and a gift of Knit Picks Palette wool from a dear friend.  She doesn't like to knit with it, and asked if I wanted it. I said I did so voila - look what I got!

I think I am going to turn some of this into my advent sock leg and find a nylon/wool blend for the toe/heel and sole.  I have some red and pink to add to the mix.

Today I have already taken apart the freezer because the drain had iced up, and it was running 24/7 - all good now, but that is a l o n g job.  I learned how to take it apart and put it back together thanks to Ms. Google. 

Now we are spending the afternoon cleaning and repairing my hubby's bbq.  Our son bought him a new grill and gas ring, and while he is re-assembling it, I am putting major elbow grease into cleaning the lid. 

I had coated it in oven cleaner so I could finish this post while the Easy-Off does its magic and now the lid is calling.....and the afternoon is almost gone, so I will leave you with the cutest grand-daughter in the world.  

Sporting Mama's glasses!


  1. The socks turned out great and I'm they will be appreciated. The gnome knitting sounds like a lot of fun. Lucky you on getting all that new fun yarn.

  2. Love the gansey mods and I love KP Palette yarn too. Lovely haul!

  3. That's a nice stash of yarn! The gansey looks way tooooo complicated lol. Happy birthday to your hubby.

  4. Your hubby's feet will be so nice and warm. Looks like you have been busy this past week. Another gnome which I am sure will be adorable. Such a generous gift from your friend. All that planning for your Gansey sweater. And helping your hubby with a grill project. No wonder you needed that nap this week lol.

  5. Ha ha, your granddaughter looks brilliant in those glasses! I love the haul of yarn and look forward to seeing what it becomes.

  6. You are so creative, Mary-Anne. I'm completely lost on your gansey, but I sure do look forward to seeing it come together. Wonderful gift of yarn! And your cutest granddaughter in the world really rocks those glasses. :)

  7. I love the colors your friend sent you! Isn't it so delightful that we all have different preferences in yarn??
    The finished socks are a truly thoughtful gift. Our spouses are quite lucky to have us in their lives.


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